Originally posted at NewsTarget.com

Originally published November 28 2007

Senate Bill 1959 to Criminalize Thoughts, Blogs, Books and Free Speech Across America

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by Mike Adams

The end of Free Speech in America has arrived at our doorstep. It's a new law called the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, and it is worded in a clever way that could allow the U.S. government to arrest and incarcerate any individual who speaks out against the Bush Administration, the war on Iraq, the Department of Homeland Security or any government agency (including the FDA). The law has already passed the House on a traitorous vote of 405 to 6, and it is now being considered in the Senate where a vote is imminent. All over the internet, intelligent people who care about freedom are speaking out against this extremely dangerous law: Philip Giraldi at the Huffington Post, Declan McCullagh at CNET's News.com, Kathryn Smith at OpEdNews.com, and of course Alex Jones at PrisonPlanet.com

This bill is the beginning of the end of Free Speech in America. If it passes, all the information sources you know and trust could be shut down and their authors imprisoned. NewsTarget could be taken offline and I could be arrested as a "terrorist." Jeff Rense at www.Rense.com could be labeled a "terrorist" and arrested. Byron Richards, Len Horowitz, Paul Craig Roberts, Greg Palast, Ron Paul and even Al Gore could all be arrested, silenced and incarcerated. This is not an exaggeration. It is a literal reading of the law, which you can check yourself here: http://thomas.loc.gov/home/gpoxmlc110/h1955_rfs.xml

The bill states:

‘...ideologically based violence’ means the use, planned use, or threatened use of force or violence by a group or individual to promote the group or individual’s political, religious, or social beliefs...

Note that this means the "planned use of force to promote a political or social belief" would be considered an act of terrorism. This all hinges on the definition of "force," of course. Based on the loose use of logic in Washington these days, and the slippery interpretation of the meaning of words, "force" could mean:

• A grassroots campaign to barrage Congress with faxes
• A non-violent street protest
• A letter-writing campaign that deluges the Senate with too much mail
• A sit-in protest that blocks access to a business or organization
• A grassroots e-mail campaign that overloads the e-mail servers of any government department or agency

You get the idea. "Force" could be defined as practically anything. And since the "planned use of force" would be considered a criminal act of terrorism, anyone who simply thinks about a grassroots action campaign would be engaged in terrorist acts.

If you stopped someone on the street and handed them a Bible, for example, this could be considered an act of terrorism ("...use of force to promote the individual's religious beliefs...")

If you sent a barrage of angry letters to Washington about global warming and the destruction of the environment by the U.S. military, this could also be considered an act of terrorism ("...to promote the individual's political beliefs...")

If you believe in same-sex marriage and you wrote a letter threatning a sit-in protest in front of your state's capitol building, this could also be considered an act of terrorism, even if you never carried it out! ("...planned use of force to promote a social belief...")

The United States is on the fast track to fascism, and the Congress is working right alongside this nation's traitorous leaders to criminalize any thoughts, words or speeches that disagree with current government policies regarding war, terrorism, domestic surveillance and civil liberties. Simply speaking out against the war on Iraq could soon be labeled a crime. Merely thinking thoughts against the war on Iraq could be considered a criminal act.

 

Must-see video: Naomi Wolf's lecture on 10 steps to fascism

There's a video lecture you simply MUST watch. It's by Naomi Wolf, author of The End of America. She covers this topic with great elegance and a deep understanding of history. See her video on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjALf12PAWc

Click here to see her book on Amazon.com.

In her lecture and book, Naomi reveals the ten steps to fascist, then reveals how the United States of America is pursuing all ten! This S.1959 legislation, the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, represents one of the ten steps to achieve a fascist state!

It is designed to squash all opposition to the State's ongoing march towards blatant fascism, where secret police and secret prisons dominate the law enforcement landscape, stripping U.S. citizens of all civil liberties and Constitutional protections.

Thoughtcrimes are about to become a reality in the United States of America, and Congress is pushing this through as quickly as possible so that each individual member of Congress can claim that he or she is "against terrorism." But this bill doesn't merely target terrorism: It targets anyone who speaks or even thinks thoughts against the U.S. federal government.

With this bill, the U.S. government is officially labeling the People of the United States as criminals. It is drawing a line in the sand and stating that from now on, it's the Government vs. the People.

If we don't stop this bill from becoming law, we are lost as a nation.

There is no turning back from tyranny once the government turns its own citizens into criminals, enforcing only the thoughts, ideas, words and speeches that it approves or tolerates. Everything is at stake here!

 

Take action now, or lose your freedoms forever

If you live in the U.S., it is urgent that you call your senators right now and voice your strong opposition against this extremely dangerous law.

Here are the phone numbers for the U.S. Senate switchboard:

1-877-851-6437
1-800-833-6354
1-888-355-3588
1-866-220-0044
1-866-808-0065
1-877-762-8762
1-866-340-9281
1-800-862-5530

How to do this:

1) Make sure you know the names of your Senators.
2) Call the U.S. Senate switchboard using one of the numbers above.
3) Ask to speak to the offices of your Senators.
4) Tell them you are strongly opposed to S. 1959, the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act
5) Ask for their fax number.
6) Follow up your phone call with a written, signed letter that you fax to your Senators.

Stopping this bill from becoming law is the single most important thing all Americans can do right now. If this becomes law, all free speech about health freedom, the crimes of the FDA, the crimes of the Bush Administration, America's role in global warming and any other topics could all be criminalized. YOU could be labeled a terrorist, kidnapped by government thugs, taken from your home, thrown in a secret prison, denied access to legal representation, denied due process and essentially "disappeared" into a system of such corruption and evil that it now begins to blatantly mirror Nazi Germany.

Think it couldn't happen here? It's happening right now! This is exactly how it happened in Nazi Germany. First, burn the Reichstag and blame it on the "enemy." Pass new police state laws. Disarm the people. Spread fear. Erect secret prisons and secret police. Call anyone who disagrees with you a "traitor." Control the mainstream media. Sound familiar? This is all happening right now in the United States of Amerika, and if we don't work to stop it, this nation will rapidly devolve into a fascist police state where no one is truly free.

We are but a few small steps away from it right now. All it would take is one dirty bomb in a major U.S. city. Bush would declare Martial Law and take over the National Guard. Troops on the streets. Anyone who writes a blog against the government would be arrested. Authors of "alternative" books would be kidnapped and have their books burned on the street. It could all happen at the stroke of a pen. The infrastructure for tyranny is in place right now, just waiting to be invoked.

 

Our best weapons: Non-violent protest and speaking the truth

How can we fight back against this onslaught of tyranny? We must use what remaining free speech freedoms we have right now to alert our fellow citizens to what's happening. We must rise up and tell the truth while urging our representatives in Washington to resist the temptation to vote for more "anti-terrorism" legislation that only works to enslave the American people.

We must use our phones, faxes, emails and blogs to rally our friends, family members and anyone who will listen to oppose these police state laws, and we must organize mass (peaceful) protests against this government that is attempting to marginalize the rights and freedoms of our People.

We must not be lulled into a sense of false security by the purveyors of hatred and fear -- the Sean Hannitys, Rush Limbaughs and Bill O'Reillys of the world. Instead, we must listen to the voices of freedom. In terms of the upcoming election for U.S. President, there is only one candidate that actually believes in freedom: Ron Paul. He needs your support to win: www.RonPaul2008.com

All the other candidates are nothing more than tyrants of different political affiliations. Ron Paul is the only candidate that truly understands the fundamentals of freedom. That's why he's the only real choice for our next President. Can you imagine what Hillary Clinton would do with the police state powers that Bush has now created? That's the danger of all laws that centralize power in Washington: It's not necessarily what today's President will do with them, but what some future President will do with them.

That's why it's never good enough to say, "Well, we intend to only apply these laws to terrorists and not to U.S. citizens at home." That may be the intention right NOW, but virtually all such laws creep into areas of enforcement for which they were never intended. Just look at the application of RICO laws which were originally designed to fight organized crime operations but are now applied to virtually anyone (and yet they are never applied to Big Pharma, which operates almost exactly like organized crime!). All these anti-terrorism laws run the danger of expanding in enforcement to the point where they are applied against the People of this country. At first, it's only illegal for "terrorists" to think thought crimes, but before long, it's illegal for anyone to think those same thoughts. That when the domestic arrests of authors, journalists, bloggers and thought leaders will kick off, and the country will plunge itself into outright tyrannical fascism.

Again, we're on the track right now. This is happening, folks. You're LIVING through an amazing chapter of history right now. You're actually witnessing the downfall of a free nation and the rise of a superpower fascist state. You're actually part of it.

When it's all over, will you look back and realize you did nothing? Or will you now take a stand against tyranny and oppose these dangerous laws and lawmakers who threaten the Constitutional freedoms of you and your children?

Go back

 

AND...

 

How, Actually, Does the State Work?
'Do As You Are Told, Or We Will Kill You'

by Jeff Knaebel
by Jeff Knaebel

        

 

"Communism is power based upon force and limited to nothing, by no kind of law and by absolutely no set rule."

 
~ Lenin's Collected Works, Vol. XVIII, page 361

 

The (American) "security organs" can designate and kill as they see fit

"Solicitor General Ted Olson has described the process: 'There is no requirement for the executive branch to spell out its criteria for who qualifies as an illegal combatant. There will be judgments and instincts and evaluations and implementations made by the executive that are going to be different from day to day, depending on the circumstances.'"

"In other words, what is safe to say today, might imperil your freedom or your life tomorrow. You can never know if you are on the right side of the law, because the 'law' is merely whim of the leader and his minions: their 'instincts' determine your guilt or innocence, and these gut 'feelings' can change from day to day. This is now, formally and officially, the guiding principle of the United States government. And underlying this edifice of tyranny is the prerogative of presidential murder."

"Perhaps the enormity of this monstrous perversion of law and morality has kept it from being fully comprehended. It sounds unbelievable to most people. But that is our reality. To overcome what seems to be widespread cognitive dissonance, we need only examine the publicly available record. There is nothing that any ordinary citizen could not know ? if they choose to know it."

"Bush signed orders allowing CIA assassins to kill targets without seeking presidential approval. Nor is it necessary any longer for the president to approve new names added to the target list?the 'security organs' can designate and kill as they see fit. There is no way of knowing how many people have been killed by American agents operating outside judicial process. Most of the assassinations are carried out in secret: quietly, professionally? the death squads are able to operate clandestinely, using a full range of official and non-official cover arrangements to enter countries surreptitiously." ? Chris Floyd,
truthout.org, 2 October 2006

 

"Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice. Nothing is safe that does not show it can bear discussion and publicity."

 
~ Lord Acton

 
"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them."

 
~ Patrick Henry

 

George W. Bush: "God told me to strike at al Qaeda and I struck at them, and then He instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did ?" ? as reported by Palestinian leaders to whom Bush spoke after the Iraq invasion.

There you have it, folks. In a nutshell, the quotes above tell us our place in the system: do as you are told, or we will kill you. The rest is all detail. One nuance of history might be highighted for the reader. The men who possess these powers of life and death have rather consistently exhibited patterns of psychopathic behavior in the form of mass murder and torture. In addition to Bush, Hitler and Lenin quoted above, you might consider, among recent others, Mussolini, Stalin, Truman, Mao, Suharto. The list continues ad nauseam throughout history. Hierarchical power structures appear to be an evolutionary dead end for humanity.

My Experiential Observations of Power (abridged)

I've served my country in foreign war zones and returned to face the derision of protestors whom I was supposedly "protecting." I rotated myself from resentment to an understanding that they were correct. My friend who had chained himself to other war protestors while they burned their draft cards was a braver man than I.

For them it had worked. Neither conscripted nor prosecuted, they were too hot to handle. I have arrived at a deep respect for the moral competence and physical courage of my young friend. Nonviolence is not for cowards.

I saw "over there" some of the same big construction contractors who, after merger and consolidation, are now gorging on Iraq war profits. I recall a naval leadership journal which carried photos of a French tank mired in a rice paddy circa 1948, alongside a photo of an American tank mired in a rice paddy circa 1968. Paired images of a killing field, stalked hyena-like by cold-blooded central bankers and their political consorts. The dead are but abstractions reported to a balance sheet as corporate dividends. Political payoffs are footnoted as "other expenses."

Today we are viewing the updated remix as "Shock and Awe" murder-of-every-living-thing-from-a-safe-distance. It would pound the earth itself into submissive dust on the Emperor's shoes. An imperialist gone mad in its greed for oil, for corporate dividends, for unlimited power, its mass murder spares not woman nor child nor cow. The revolving door of power brokers rotating between government-defense contracting-banking leads to the same bloody dead end, generation after generation.

Of Power, this much I know from experience both over and under:


The battle is for the mind of man. The prize is no longer in vanquishing some "other." The battle is either all against all or all for all. There is no "other" to conquer. We are all in it together. We either grow a garden together or we cannibalize each other in the course of turning the earth into a desert. We can either plant trees together, or race to be the last person standing to cut down the last tree.

ORGANIZATIONAL DYNAMICS OF THE STATE

 

"Total war is the invention of the modern State."

 
~ Michael Rozeff, 2 August 2005

 
"Since a human being has no power to create life, he has, therefore, no right to destroy life."

 
~ T. N. Khoshoo, 1995

 

The State as an organization keeps on running with periodic changes of management called elections. Because of its ability to make laws and impose taxes, its power is limited only by the tolerance of the people for their exploitation. The State can coerce its members without reciprocal consequences. It operates without fear of reprisal. It can use aggressive force to make others do things against their will. Its "managers" are protected by sovereign immunity. Because it both rules and taxes, it suffers no agency costs for its errors: it simply shifts the cost to taxpayers.

 

"To force a man to pay for the violation of his own liberty is indeed adding insult to injury. But that is exactly what the State does. Read the Congressional Record; follow the proceedings of the State legislatures; examine our statute books. Testing each Act separately by the law of equal liberty, you will find that a good nine tenths of existing legislation serves not to that fundamental social law, but either to prescribe the individual's personal habits, or worse, to create and sustain commercial, industrial, financial and proprietary monopolies which deprive labor of a large part of the reward that it would receive in a true free market."

 
~ Benjamin Tucker, 1890

 

The US is not a contractual State in the sense of an organization owned by its principals, the citizens. It has become a predatory State in the sense of a corporation owned and operated by a small group. This evolution was made inevitable by the weaknesses of the Constitution and actions of the power brokers and legislature. Rozeff (3 August 2006) estimates that the top management group of USA comprises between 15 and 60 members. These members rotate in revolving door fashion between and among various centers of social and political power. The figureheads and mouthpieces ? the Kennedys, Nixons, Clintons, Bushes ? are all fungible, each can be replaced by another without perturbing the system. In this manner do elections always come to a choice between two morally indistinguishable candidates. Likewise, no matter who you vote for, the political establishment always gets elected.

A few dozen people control the vast bureaucracies. The State's power depends upon holding the loyalty and obedience of these career employees within the power structure. This is done by passing out special privileges and emoluments. Napoleon noted the amazing lust of men for awards and decorations. The final tool in the arsenal of control is to heap honors upon those who have been corrupted.

M.S. Rozeff (see Lew Rockwell website) argues that the State lowers the cost of immorality, and people subsequently demand more State. Those who do occasionally resist face an "immortal" foe that owns the law-making power. People will rationalize their greater demand for immorality with new ideas of right and wrong. Giving up liberty in exchange, they will come to worship authority, equality, the use of force, and power. They will move away from self-reliance, responsibility, obligation to elders and the disadvantaged of society. They will accept, even enjoy their new situation. The State corrupts social morals and human beings.

 

"Buy the law-makers, buy the laws, and you become the law itself. That is the definition of corporate freedom."

 
~ William Rivers Pitt, truthout.org, 2 July 2006

 

The State Corrodes the Moral Fabric of Society

Rozeff continues with a logical listing of how the State weakens society.


He discusses how the State maintains power. Although the rulers make some attempt to rationalize their costs of dominating society, given the Central Bank's power to print money, there is little incentive for cost control. Furthermore, it is always other people's money. Need more money for more bombs? Just crank up the printing press ? and rob the people with the silent tax of inflation. Some of the means in current practice are here excerpted and adapted from M.S. Rozeff:


 

~ James Madison, Federalist 62

 

The Methods of Domination

The goal of power acting through the State is to increase its domination of society. This requires aggression against society which the citizens may at some point resist, often because of the economic burdens imposed to support power. Power does nothing economically productive ? it is a parasite. There is an incentive to fool the people, who greatly outnumber the power elite. There are incentives to improve the technology of domination and to raise the costs for citizens to mobilize any resistance. A few of the many means of domination are listed:


The Mind Game of Sovereign Immunity

In a Parliamentary or Congressional legislative system, the real goal of its members is to enrich themselves and their clients. Our human energy applied to natural resources produces "income." Congress imposes taxes to take as much as the people will tolerate without revolt. Owning the income stream is tantamount to owning the person. In this way, it can be said that Congress owns us.

The State declares war against people with whom we have no quarrel and who are no threat. It enters international trade agreements, imposes economic sanctions on selected self-created "enemies," it regulates labor, commerce, the content of our food, the materials in our homes, the water we drink, the air we breathe, the education of our children, the price of milk, the crops we grow and the fields we lie fallow. After deduction for the part of our labor owned by the government, there is very little left over for ourselves.

 

"Our electoral system is nothing less than a massive influence peddling scheme where both parties conspire to sell the country to the highest bidder."

 
~ Senator John McCain, 7 July 2006

 
"The Senate is a brothel. Access is sold to special interests. They write the bills and we vote for them."

 
~ Senator Ernest Hollings (D-SC), after retirement

 

The constitution bequeathed monopoly powers to the central government. The powers to tax and regulate can destroy any citizen opposition. The people were enslaved right from the start. The practical reality is that we the people are ruled through a revolving door of power relations among individuals. The executive branch possesses the power to act and command. It is smaller and more united than the legislative. It will gradually assume dictatorial power, with legislative in the role of rubber stamp. When the chief executive issues orders, what can Congress do? What would it want to do, since its members are being fed from the same trough, profiting from the same wars?

Organizations built solely on power relationships have great scope for destruction. Those who aspire to power tend to be overly aggressive, rapacious, cruel, opportunistic, manipulative and violent. They are willing to gamble the lives and fortunes of those whom they rule. They exhibit an attenuated moral conscience.

The trail toward progressively increasing power leads ultimately to the person who regulates others, but is not himself regulated. The fatal design error is monopoly of force acting from behind the shield of Sovereign Immunity. The following observations are drawn from the works of Michael Rozeff published by LewRockwell.com.

The political game is a game of power relations among individuals. Politics is about getting and using power. Power deals with force and taking. Like other human drives, power is motivated by personal gain. Gain is measured by increase of power and wealth. Politics is always about taking from some and giving to others. Politics leads to theft. Politics becomes theft itself.

Those who have power seek more power. Once a power structure is created, such as a State, it will tend to increase its power through the cumulative power drive of its agents. Power corrupts and will increase the desire for more. Since power corrupts, it tends to attract the corruptible. Even if one or a few men near the top become satisfied, there are many men in the State clawing for more power, so the game will not change.

Any balance of power in the competitive situation will be only temporary. Individual power-seekers will be constantly using every advantage and opportunity to move toward the dominant position. Therefore, politics generates concentrated centralization of power.

 

"Power is evil in itself, regardless of who exercises it...Every dictator plans to rear, feed and train his fellow men as the breeder does his cattle."

 
~ Ludwig von Mises

 

The American presidency has such immense concentrated power ? of destruction ? as to be almost incomprehensible. He has nuclear weaponry sufficient to destroy vast stretches of earth and perhaps mankind itself. In this sense, the president owns us, or at least has an option on our lives. It is his choice we live or die.

Given the demonstrated psychopathic tendencies of these men, we face a terrifying situation. These men have proven themselves to be far more destructive, and hence far more dangerous than all the "terrorists" put together. It amazes me that our psychological state of denial is so deeply conditioned that we do not forthwith change our system.

The State has monopoly of power, which means it has control. Ordinary citizens have no control. Operating the machinery of State as it commits atrocious crimes are people who have names and addresses. They operate from behind the shield of sovereign immunity, which is only an abstract legal fiction in which we have placed our belief. It is amazing how few are the men who control the destiny of our planet, compared to how many are we.

The State is a mind game. Our survival requires that we wake up to it and come out of it.

The United States Is of No Authority Except Through Naked Force

The following is abstracted from The Voluntaryist, No.129 and extended to my arguments. The traditional Hopi argue that the US government has no authority over them because the Hopi never signed a treaty "acknowledging the US government's right of existence." The traditionalists refuse to file any land claims with the government because "we will not ask a white man, who came to us recently, for a piece of land that is already ours and has been ours since time immemorial." Dan Katchongva in 1951, "We want a right to live as we please, as human beings. We want a right to worship as we please and have our own land. We don't want someone to plan our lives for us, issue us rations, social security or any other dole."

George Yamada wrote, "Self-determination is sovereignty of self-rule. Self-determination means that a people have the sovereign right tom determine and carry out their own destiny without any authority to say whether their acts are good for them or not. Under self-determination a people have the right to make their own mistakes and be accounted for them. The US cannot give self-determination to the Hopi. All it can do is get out of the way. For the truth is, the Hopi want to run their own lives."

A meeting of Elders (August 1955) recorded, "The laws of the Great Spirit must be followed even though they might conflict with other political laws. All instructions of the Great Spirit come from the seed of one basic instruction: You must not kill. You must love your neighbor as yourself. From this one commandment, to respect and revere life, come all the other commandments: to tell the truth, to share with others, to live together in mutual support, to take care of our children and old people, the sick and strangers, friends and enemies, to abstain from intoxicants and adultery, not to cheat, steal or covet." In this way the Hopi strive to live according to ideals of peace and cooperation.

Years ago I worked briefly with the Hopi on an agricultural program called The Planting Stick Project. I felt a deep respect for them and I admire their spirit of peaceful resistance.

Like the Hopi, I have not freely entered into a contract granting the American State any authority over my life whatsoever.

A thought experiment: suppose I had been born into a family of slaves. By that accident of birth, have I assigned my right to life and my free will to the slave master? If not, then he holds me by force only. Is this morally valid? Is it not my right to try to escape at first chance? Must I ask his permission to escape, and get my documents stamped? Or, suppose I had been born into a family whose profession was robbery and murder. By this birth have I committed myself to support robbery and murder? Is there any moral or contractual obligation to remain with that family and suffer the consequences of a life of crime? Must I seek permission of the patriarch to make my escape? Can he rightfully demand identification and travel documents before I am free to move away?

It Is Impossible for the State to Disassociate from Evil

Even in its most equitable form, it is impossible for government to disassociate itself from evil. Furthermore, unless the right to ignore the State is recognized, its acts make of citizens accessories to crime.

The greatest danger to our liberty comes from the lawmakers. Every possible law that can be made by lawmakers must give to some more liberty than the law of nature (the law of equal justice) gives them ? and more liberty than is consistent with the natural and equal liberty of other persons ? or else such law must take from some persons some portion of that liberty which the law of nature gives to every human being.

Therefore, every law that can be made by lawmakers must be a violation of the natural rights and liberty of one or more persons.

Thus the very concept of a law-making government is in direct conflict with our liberty. The only way men can preserve their liberty is not to have any law-making government at all.


The State Does Not Recognize the Natural Right of a Man to His Own Life

Once it is conceded that any man or body of men have any right to make laws of their own invention ? and compel other men to obey them ? then every vestige of man's natural an rightful liberty is denied.

If any of these natural rights may be taken from him by other men, all of them may be taken. Unless all a man's natural rights are inviolable by lawmakers, none of them are. There is not one single human right which the US government recognizes as inviolable. It takes men's lives, liberty and property whenever its own purpose is thereby served. All this goes to prove that the government is not voluntarily established by the people for protection of their rights. It is rather a government of robbers and tyrants who claim to own the right to dispose of the people at the usurper's pleasure.


A Shameful Disgrace Upon Each Other

 

"The law becomes the weapon of every kind of greed. Instead of checking crime, the law itself is guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish."

 
~ Fr??ic Bastiat, The Law

 

The following is adapted from Carl Watner, who says better than I can,

 

"Government is the only institution in our civilized society that is able to cover its coercion and use of threats of force in a shroud of mystique and legitimacy. Government is the institutionalization of conquest over people and property. The stated purpose of government is protection. In reality, its purpose is exploitation to extract resources. Governments excel in the use of force and threat ? the political means of survival ? by combining forceful conquest with ideology. Governing requires that those who govern authorize or commit criminal acts. Through education and propaganda the people are conditioned to accept government as a natural part of their environment. Their demand for government services is what fuels the State. So long as the criminality is veiled by the political process, people accept it without seeing that it conflicts with their basic values. It is concealment of government criminality that is the tragedy.

 
"Perhaps the tragedy can be made more plain. Look at the daily news. It reports one group or another appealing to the government for its special agenda. The tragedy is that people do not realize it is their own neighbors from whom they are stealing in order to support their special program. The political process is purposefully impersonal. The secret ballot and the use of majority vote obscure the fact that it is our neighbor ? perhaps the struggling widow ? who is being threatened at gunpoint if they do not fill the government coffers or follow its mandates.

 
"Few people would directly confront their neighbors with a demand of "Your money or your life!" The structure of politics allows the supporters and perpetrators to conceal ? even from themselves ? the evil reality of what they are doing. Such is the real tragedy of political government."

 
~ The Voluntaryist No.79

 
"The State is that great fiction by everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else."

 
~ Fr??ic Bastiat

 

Historical Perspective in Support of Stateless Society

Let's see if things have changed since the times of Pierre Joseph Proudhon, the French anarchist writing at about the same time as America's Henry David Thoreau.

 

"To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. [emphasis added]

 
To be governed is to beat every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished.

 
It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the public interest, to be placed under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; and then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored.

 
That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality." (from www.bind.org)

 

I ask you, does this not describe the present day America of the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act and warrantless surveillance without probable cause and suspension of habeas corpus? Some may argue that it is "voluntary servitude," but it is not voluntary with me.

We Cannot Escape Our Responsibility

As noted in Proudhon, and extending further back ? at least to the ancient Egyptians ? the nature, character, volition, intent and morality of government does not change across time. Only the tools and techniques adapt to changing circumstance and capability.

The State is no more than the mechanism through which cycles of violence are perpetuated by individual persons whose corrupted minds are drawn to Power and domination.

The tools and techniques now in play are of such awesome power as to call into question the continued existence of the human species. I have heard of no weapon designed by man that has never been employed. So-called decent, civilized democracies fire-bombed Dresden, atom-bombed Hiroshima, napalmed millions of civilians in Vietnam and Cambodia.

The weaponry now available to the mindless madness of Power freezes the imagination into apathetic fear. And we who participate in democracies approve of this by our votes ? all candidates are meaningless choices from the Establishment. And after we have voted for it, we democratic citizens pay for it. It is us. We cannot escape our responsibility.

The revolution we now face is not of a society, or a government, or a State ? it is a planetary revolution of survival of the human race. If we do not abolish or abandon the State as a human institution, it will destroy us.

For further discussion of these ideas, see www.freeofstate.org, where the emphasis is on anarchy. Which simply means self-rule and not rule by a central outside authority. Depending upon the moral fabric of its participants, it could bring to an end the organized criminal violence of the Corporate Warfare State.

 

"Non cooperation with evil is as much our duty as is cooperation with the good."

 
~ Mohandas Gandhi

 

Since the State is intrinsically evil due to the ethical flaw of its intention, design and as-built structure, it seems to me that the only way to be non-cooperative with it is to abandon it altogether. Certainly, the State is utterly irredeemable.

Although this job of reclaiming self-ownership and self-rule is difficult, it can be done. Guidance ? and perhaps inspiration ? can be found in Voluntary Simplicity (Elgin); Forest Farming (Douglas and Hart); The One Straw Revolution (Fukuoka); Blessed Unrest (Hawken); Gandhi's Hind Swaraj (Ananthu); The Way (Goldsmith), plus nearly all of the works of E.F. Schumacher, Thich Naht Hanh, and Wendell Berry.

May you live long, live free.


 

August 26, 2008

 

Jeff Knaebel [send him mail] is an expatriate American domiciled in India since 1995. He formerly practiced as a registered professional engineer, having been trained at Cornell Univ. and the Colorado School of Mines. Visit his website.

Copyright ? 2008 LewRockwell.com

 

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When one thinks of it, the official color of collectivist evil is not Marxist red or fascist black; it is bureaucratic gray. Evil makes plentiful use of banners drenched in red or saturated in black, of course. But its real work is carried out within the warrens of official bureaucracy, with the eager help of normal, upstanding people who crave the safe anonymity of cooperation, and don't have the courage to make themselves conspicuous by naming officially approved evil for what it is.

--William Grigg
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